`Abstract and Applied AnalysisVolume 2014 (2014), Article ID 276279, 10 pageshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/276279`
Research Article

Analytical Study of Fractional-Order Multiple Chaotic FitzHugh-Nagumo Neurons Model Using Multistep Generalized Differential Transform Method

1Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, University of Jordan, Amman 11942, Jordan
2Nonlinear Analysis and Applied Mathematics (NAAM) Research Group, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
3Pioneer Center for Gifted Students, Ministry of Education, Jerash 26110, Jordan
4Applied Science Department, Ajloun College, Al-Balqa Applied University, Ajloun 26816, Jordan

Received 8 March 2014; Accepted 13 May 2014; Published 12 June 2014

Copyright © 2014 Shaher Momani et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The multistep generalized differential transform method is applied to solve the fractional-order multiple chaotic FitzHugh-Nagumo (FHN) neurons model. The algorithm is illustrated by studying the dynamics of three coupled chaotic FHN neurons equations with different gap junctions under external electrical stimulation. The fractional derivatives are described in the Caputo sense. Furthermore, we present figurative comparisons between the proposed scheme and the classical fourth-order Runge-Kutta method to demonstrate the accuracy and applicability of this method. The graphical results reveal that only few terms are required to deduce the approximate solutions which are found to be accurate and efficient.

1. Introduction

Mathematical modeling method of real-life phenomena is widely applied in medicine and biology. Specifically, the understanding of neural system model plays an important role in several branches of medical science and technology such as neuroscience, brain activity, chemical reaction kinetics, and behavior of cardiac tissue [16]. So it has attracted many medical researchers over the last two decades in order to understand the biogenesis, mechanism, and function. Despite that the formulation of such systems is considerably simple, the lacking understanding of their complex behaviors remains to be a very challenging task, especially when the results are expected in a very short time. However, the advent of computers significant progress has been made recently to reduce this gap.

Furthermore, the FHN neural system is one of the best mathematical models describing the electrical activity in the field of electrocardiology, which is a simplified model for the qualitative characteristics and dynamical and neuronal investigations of electrical propagation in the myocardium. For a comprehensive introduction in this field, we refer to [716].

In this paper, the chaotic FHN neurons model under external electrical stimulation is given by the following three coupled equations with different gap junctions: where and represent the state variables of a neuron representing the activation potential and the recovery voltage, respectively; , , and represent the states of the master, the first slave, and the second slave FHN neuron, respectively; , , and represent the strengths of gap junctions between the master and the first slave neurons, between the master and the second slave neurons, and between the two slave neurons, respectively. Disturbances at the master, the first slave, and the second slave neurons are represented by , , and , respectively. The term represents the external stimulation current with time and angular frequency . Here, we use the angular frequency and the amplitude as dimensionless quantities as specified for FHN neurons model.

The literature on this subject is quite vast, for example, the full FitzHugh model on an infinite domain has been studied in [17]. In [18], the Hopf bifurcations have analyzed FHN model for nerve conduction. The dynamics of uncertain coupled chaotic delayed FHN neurons with various parametric variations under external electrical stimulation have been investigated in [19], where separate conditions for single-input and multiple-input control schemes for synchronization of a wide class of FHN systems were provided. In [20], the authors have discussed the synchronization of three coupled chaotic FHN neurons under external electrical stimulation with different gap junctions. Moreover, numerical simulation of the FHN equations has been presented using the variational iteration method and Adomian decomposition method [21]. Whilst, the analytical solutions for the FHN model in the case where a collection of unstable cells is surrounded by a collection of stable cells have been generated in [22].

Nowadays, fractional calculus has been used to model physical and engineering processes, which are found to be best described by fractional differential equations [2326]. It is worth noting that the standard mathematical models of integer-order derivatives, including nonlinear models, do not work adequately in many cases. More recently, fractional calculus has become a powerful tool to describe the dynamics of chaotic neurons system, which appear frequently in many branches of medical science. Chaotic neurons systems have a profound effect on its approximate solutions and are highly sensitive to time step sizes. Thus, it will be beneficial to find a reliable analytical tool to test its long-term accuracy and efficiency. The multistep generalized differential transform method (MSGDTM) is powerful in investigating approximate solutions of various kinds of these systems.

In this paper, the attention is given to obtain the approximate solution of the fractional-order multiple chaotic FHN neurons model under external electrical stimulation with different gap junctions using the MSGDTM. This method is only a simple modification of the generalized differential transform method (GDTM), in which it is treated as an algorithm in a sequence of small intervals (i.e., time step) for finding accurate approximate solutions to the corresponding systems. The approximate solutions obtained by using the GDTM are valid only for a short time. The ones obtained by using the MSGDTM are more valid and accurate during a long time and are in good agreement with the classical Runge-Kutta method numerical solution when the order of the derivative is one.

The remainder of this paper is organized as follows. In next section, we present basic facts, definitions, and notations related to the fractional calculus and MSGDTM. In Section 3, the MSGDTM is applied to the fractional-order multiple chaotic FHN neurons model. In Section 4, numerical simulation is shown graphically to illustrate the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed method. Finally, the conclusions are drawn in Section 5.

2. The Multistep Generalized Differential Transform Method (MSGDTM)

To describe the MSGDTM [2629], we consider the following initial value problem for systems of fractional differential equations: subject to the initial conditions where is the Caputo fractional derivative of order , and , for , and the Caputo fractional derivative of of order with is defined as

for , , , . For more details about the fractional calculus theory, see [3032].

Let be the interval over which we want to find the solution of the initial value problem (2)-(3). The differential transform of the -order derivative of a function on a subinterval is defined as follows: Using (5), one can easily prove the following corollary.

Corollary 1. If , then , while if , then .

In actual applications of GDTM, the -order approximate solution of the initial value problem (2)-(3) can be expressed by the finite series where satisfied the recurrence relation and   and   are the differential transform of function for .

Assume that the interval is divided into subintervals , , of equal step size by using the nodes . The main ideas of the MSGDTM are as follows. Firstly, we will apply the GDTM to the initial value problem (2)-(3) over the interval . Then, we will obtain the approximate solution , , using the initial condition , for . For and at each subinterval , we will use the initial condition and apply the GDTM to the initial value problem (2)-(3) over the interval . The process is repeated and generates a sequence of approximate solutions , , for . Finally, the MSGDTM assumes the following solution: where

The new algorithm of the MSGDTM is simple for computational performance for all values of . As we will see in the next section, the main advantage of the new algorithm is that the obtained solution converges for wide time regions.

3. Applications of the MSGDTM for the Fractional-Order Multiple Chaotic FHN Neurons Model

To demonstrate the applicability, accuracy, and efficiency of the MSGDTM for solving linear and nonlinear fractional-order equations, we applied this scheme to the fractional-order model of three coupled chaotic FHN neurons with different gap junctions [20], which is the lowest-order chaotic system among all the chaotic systems. Where the integer-order derivatives are replaced by the fractional-order derivatives as follows: where , , and are the strengths of gap junctions between the master and the first slave neurons, between the master and the second slave neurons, and between the two slave neurons, respectively; , , and are the system parameters and and are the state variables of a neuron representing the activation potential and the recovery voltage, respectively; , , and are the states of the master, the first slave, and the second slave FHN neuron, respectively; and , are parameters describing the order of the fractional time-derivatives in the Caputo sense.

By applying the MSGDT algorithm to obtain the numerical solution for the fractional-order multiple chaotic FHN neurons model, the system (10) gives where , , and and are the differential transformation of and , , respectively. The differential transform of the initial conditions are given by , , , , , and . In view of the differential inverse transform, the differential transform series solution for the system (10) can be obtained as

According to the MSGDTM, the series solution for the system (10) is suggested by where , , , , , and , for , satisfy the following recurrence relations: such that , , , , , and .

Finally, starting with , , , , and and using the recurrence relation given in (14), the multistep solution can be obtained as in (13).

4. A Test Problem for the Fractional-Order Chaotic FHN Neurons Model

In this work, we carefully propose the MSGDTM, a reliable modification of the GDTM that improves the convergence of the series solution. The method provides immediate and visible symbolic terms of analytic solutions as well as numerical approximate solutions to both linear and nonlinear differential equations. Moreover, we shall demonstrate the accuracy of the MSGDT scheme against the Mathematica built-in fourth-order Runge-Kutta (RK4) procedure for the solutions of multiple chaotic FHN neurons model in the case of integer order derivatives. The MSGDT scheme is coded in the computer algebra package Mathematica. The Mathematica environment variable digits controlling the number of significant digits are set to 20 in all the calculations done in this paper. The time range studied in this work is and the step size . In this regard, we take the initial condition for chaotic FHN neurons model such as , , , , , and with parameters , and , whilst , , , , , , , , and .

Figure 1 shows the phase portrait for the classical multiple chaotic FHN neurons model, when , using the MSGDT and RK4 methods. However, it can be seen that the results obtained using the MSGDTM match the results of the RK4 method very well, which implies that the MSGDTM can predict the behavior of these variables accurately for the region under consideration. Additionally, Figures 2, 3, and 4 show the phase portrait for the fractional multiple chaotic FHN neurons using the MSGDTM. From the numerical results in Figures 2, 3, and 4, it is clear that the approximate solutions depend continuously on the time-fractional derivative , . The effective dimension of (10) is defined as the sum of orders In the meantime, we can see that the chaos exists in the fractional-order multiple chaotic FHN neurons model with order as low as .

Figure 1: Numerical solutions of the FHN system; MSGDTM: dotted line; RK4: solid line, with .
Figure 2: Phase plot of chaotic behavior of chaotic FHN neuronsis, with .
Figure 3: Phase plot of chaotic behavior of chaotic FHN neuromsis, with .
Figure 4: Phase plot of chaotic behavior of chaotic FHN neuronsis, with .

5. Conclusions

In this paper, a multistep generalized differential transform method has been successfully applied to find the numerical solutions of the fractional-order multiple chaotic FitzHugh-Nagumo neurons model. This method has the advantage of giving an analytical form of the solution within each time interval which is not possible using purely numerical techniques like the fourth-order Runge-Kutta method (RK4). We conclude that MSGDT method is a highly accurate method in solving a broad array of dynamical problems in fractional calculus due to its consistency used in a longer time frame.

The reliability of the method and the reduction in the size of computational domain give this method a wider applicability. Many of the results obtained in this paper can be extended to significantly more general classes of linear and nonlinear differential equations of fractional order.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

Acknowledgment

The authors would like to express their thanks to the unknown referees for their careful reading and helpful comments.

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